BIDWELL — River Valley High School will be sending six students to Boston Massachusetts Friday to compete in parliamentary procedure at the Big E, a national contest in the Future Farmers of America (FFA).
After placing second at the Ohio State competition in parliament, the officers from FFA qualified to travel for the Big E.
The Big E is a state fair like competition on the east coast involving FFA chapters and hosts a number of competitions for FFA students. River Valley is sending Jenna Burke, president, Kaylee Schultz, vice president, and Caleb McKnight, secretary. The three additional officers are freshmen in college, as officers are selected in the previous year: Brody Moles, Bailey Rhodes, and Kaylee Lambert.
“Parliamentary procedure is the method of holding a proper business meeting, a necessary component to FFA,” said Matt Huck, FFA advisor. “In FFA our local chapter holds business meetings to discuss events and what we are going to do.”
Out of this necessity came the parliamentary procedure competitions, which are judged according to Robert’s Rules of Order, a book originally written in the 19th century and describes the proper order of a meeting.
Each team will be presented with a scenario, and then be judged according to how they process and resolve the matter. They will be judged according to their execution of Robert’s Rules and public speaking.
“They give us a card with what we are supposed to talk about, and we have one minute to think about it,” said McKnight. After silently preparing for one minute individually, the team has 10 minutes to handle their business meeting and reach a conclusion.
“We have to make sure we follow all the rules and have good discussions on what we’re supposed to be talking about,” said Burke.
“Basically, it is us trying to convince our teammates to vote a certain way,” stated Schultz.
In preparation for this competition, the FFA officers will practice public speaking and getting out of their comfort zone doing new things.
FFA conventions host a wide variety of events that students can compete in. From soil and livestock judging to aquarium maintenance and pet care. FFA offers students a chance to learn and compete in numerous skills.
“Every year we are getting out in the community and helping people,” said Burke, explaining the benefits of FFA. One of the major tenants is community service and giving back, an important aspect to Burke.
McKnight enjoys the benefits of FFA along with helping others.
“Going on trips, meeting new people and being with your friends, and going to see things that you would never get to see,” said McKnight.
There are currently six officers at RVHS FFA, with just over 100 members this year. There has been an FFA chapter at River Valley since the school was founded in 1992. To participate in the Parliament team an individual has to be an officer. In order to become an officer, members have to apply and interview with Huck, who holds officers to a higher standard.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.